Smart Homes and the Apple HomeKit App
As technology continues to rapidly evolve, you are now able to monitor everything from your phone or mobile device. It seems like the home is no different as a number of firms have brought out their own monitors, and the latest iOS update actually includes a home app to manage ‘smart home accessories’.
This is evidently an emerging tech and experts believe that by 2020 every home in the UK will be able to wirelessly send gas and electric readings, which is likely to lead to cuts in bills.
What is a ‘Smart Home’?
Basically, smart home is a term used when talking about modern homes with appliances that can be remotely controlled. This will be through a digital/mobile device and allow you to operate them from wherever you may be.
How does the app help?
Ultimately, the app facilitates using these smart appliances. These can be all manner of devices, from fridges to washing machines, ovens to heating. What the app allows you to do is programme in when you want something - like your heating - to start and stop without being in the home.
Benefits of smart homes
In theory, the main benefit is the ability to remotely be in control of your home and set up schedules in one place that you can edit and tweak whenever and wherever. This should lead to houses being more energy efficient and lower costs of bills through optimised usage.
On top of this, there is, of course, the convenience of being able to look through your home appliances at the touch of a button - saving you time. It also puts an end to any minor nigglings of ‘did I leave the iron on?’ or ‘is the alarm on?’ when you’re not at home.
All about the iOS 10 HomeKit app
Already, there are more than 70 manufacturers with at least one product that works with the HomeKit app. This works in two ways: you know it will work with the app but you also know that the hardware is sound because it has met the privacy and security standards at Apple. Here are some of the things you can do:
- Command a whole room - Through the app you can group accessories into rooms, meaning you know what’s in use in each room and also being able to ensure every item is switched off.
- Set more than one thing at once - Using a tap, or your voice, you can sort a situation where in the morning certain things come on, when you come home there’s another set of actions, and the same when you go to bed, for example.
- Use it from multiple devices - Whether you have a smartphone, Apple TV or iPad, this can be used across a number of devices.
- Autopilot - As with the set of commands to push when you get home, you can just stick these into auto pilot so that a sensor detection, your location or simply just the time will trigger an accessory - e.g. heating on at 6am during the week.
What are the types of accessories available now?
- Window Blinds
- Air Purifiers
- Air Conditioners
- Garage Doors
- Power Points
As this becomes more and more popular and relevant across the world, new builds will be created with this in mind. The Preston Baker Land and New Homes department offers specialist support for property developers and people looking to purchase modern homes.
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